When it comes to the Safest States During COVID-19, how does California fare?

With around 16% of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of March 31, and vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy, WalletHub today released its report on the Safest States During COVID-19.

As the U.S. works to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control, staying safe is one of Americans’ top concerns,, according to Adam McCann of WalletHub. Safety is also essential for getting the economy back on track, as the lower COVID-19 transmission and deaths are in a state, the more that state is able to eliminate restrictions on businesses. We’ll only be able to fully get back to life as normal once most of the population is vaccinated against coronavirus, and it will still be months before we can achieve that. The U.S. is picking up speed with vaccination, as around 16% of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (received both doses) as of March 31.

Some states are already safer than others, though, based on how well they have kept the pandemic under control and how much they are vaccinating. In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. The data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated.

California’s Safety During Coronavirus (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 22nd – Vaccination Rate
  • 2nd – Positive Testing Rate
  • 14th – Hospitalization Rate
  • 49th – Death Rate
  • 12th – Transmission Rate

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, click here: 

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